Escape Guesthouse Overview:
Built in the 1850s, our Brooklyn Bed and Breakfasts (an example of the Italianate
architectural style) is nestled in historic Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Boerum Hill is an
enchanting residential neighborhood convenient to Brooklyn Heights, Ft. Green, Cobble
Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and just a short ride or walk to lower Manhattan.
Stroll down quiet tree-lined streets or explore Smith St., Court St. and Atlantic Avenue for
a host of restaurants, boutiques, and everything from antiques to (frozen) zombies. If
you're visiting New York City and still wish to make yourself at home, then come
experience our Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn, NYC for yourself. We are just a short ride
or walk to the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
performing arts center, and the new Barclays Center Arena, major concert venue and
home of the Brooklyn Nets.
Escape Guesthouse LLC
Bed and Breakfast by the Brooklyn Bridge
(Dear guests, a 3-night minimum is needed for all bookings, or 4+ nights high season.)
|Photography courtesy of Sarah Ward
L-R: our Courtiers, Queen, and Canopy rooms
Best Blocks in Bklyn: L Magazine. Bergen St bet 5th / Flatbush, Hudson Ave, S
Portland Ave, Clinton Ave, Union St, Main St in Dumbo, Dean St bet Hoyt / Bond, Court
St bet Kane / Baltic, Washington Ave... These are all in walking distance from our lovely
Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn.! Enjoy!
Escape Guesthouse LLC
ESCAPE GUESTHOUSE is a fine Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York
To make a reservation and see room availability & pricing click HERE.
Read an exclusive interview with guesthouse proprietor Elizabeth Kennick. Also, check out some
unique history in this Examiner article about our neighborhood and the underground railroad. Also,
be sure to read our staff blog posts below!
Very excited to welcome our new neighbor to Boerum Hill, Ethan Hawke who has just purchased 247
Dean St, Heath Ledgers' old home. Read more here from curbed.com.
Dear guests and potential visitors,
Today I wanted to write about the controversial topic of hotel and sales tax, which seems to be the
main point of concern when we learn more about the legality of groups or individuals using the AirBnB
service. While AirBnB may be an excellent option for travelers as our world continues to globalize,
touting a “mi casa es su casa” type of openness, the local laws in many cities, and in our case, New
York City, may come in conflict with our fine intentions. New York City, encompassing Manhattan,
Brooklyn, and Queens, as prime travel destinations, hosts an estimated 51 million tourists every year,
leading to much of New York City’s wealth and international mystique. In 2011, total visitor spending
was estimated to have been over $34 billion. New Yorker wages generated by NYC tourism was
estimated to have been over $18 billion. There are approximately 324,605 tourism-related jobs in NYC
and this continues to grow and change over time. Visitor spending generates $8.7 billion in taxes, and
as a result of traveling and tourism, each NYC household is estimated to have benefited by an average
of $1,350 in tax savings. The source of these taxes comes from sales and hotel taxes imposed lawfully
by hotels upon their guests. The hotel then must pay into sales and hotel tax annually. A hotel is
defined by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as a “hotel,” “motel,” “inn,” “bed and
breakfast,” “guest house,” “ski lodge,” “apartment hotel,” and certain “bungalows,” “condos,”
“cottages,” or “cabins.”
Hotel operators hosting guests in any of these types of accommodations are required by law to collect
sales tax on the room rate unless the charge is less than $2 per day. In New York City, in addition to
the NYC sales tax, there is also a tax called the “hotel unit fee.” This fee is $1.50 per room per day and
is not taxable itself (ie, it is a charge outside of what is taxable by the NYC sales tax). No sales tax is
required of hotel guests who come to be known as permanent residents. This means that the guest
must stay for at least 90 nights in a row. The local sales tax still applies until a guest has stayed for a
minimum of 180 nights in a row. Once a guest has stayed long enough to be exempt of state and local
taxes they may also receive a credit from the hotel or a refund of the tax already paid. The guest does
not need to be in the same room of the hotel for the time period to reach tax exemption, but they must
stay in that hotel or motel or B&B for the 90/180 day duration.
Tax exemption may also occur if a guest is allowed to stay at the accommodation for free. If a hotel
does not receive cash for a guest’s stay, then there is no tax due on the value of the stay.
Sources and related reading: http://www.tax.ny.
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